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“Exactly what I was looking for” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Porto Bello

Cafe Porto Bello
672 E Broadway, Boston, MA 02127-1596 (South Boston)
617-269-7680
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Ranked #421 of 2,672 Restaurants in Boston
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Coffee Shop
Neighborhood: South Boston
Restaurant details
Neighborhood: South Boston
Boston, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Exactly what I was looking for”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2011

Last Saturday we wanted a nice night out and had heard some great things about Porto Bello. We live in Southie so it's right up the street from us. They don't take reservations and it's pretty small (maybe 15 tables?) so we were ready for a wait. Thankfully, when we arrived we got seated right away at the only two top available. We did notice that tables become open pretty quickly after we were seated so I'm sure the wait wouldn't have been too long.

We got a bottle of white wine, a cheap pino, which tasted great and fit out budget. We didn't get an app, but they give some french bread and butter and there is a bottle of seasoned olive oil on the table. Our waitress gave us a second helping.

I ordered the chicken, broccolli, and ziti and it was fantastic! The garlic cream sauce wasn't too heavy (great on the stomach) and the chicken and broccolli were perfectly cooked, as was the pasta. Just enough of a portion although I probably could have taken some home. My boyfriend got the tortellini alfredo with proscutto and peas (? can't remember the veg) and it was also great. Same light sauce, just enough! Afterwards we got a single chocolate chip canoli which was the perfect sized sweet for a filling pasta dinner.

The meal was about $80 with tip and wine so not terrible! Most entrees were from $10-$15, and some in the $15-$20 range. It has the same feel like you're in the North End and we had a great time! I would definitely go here again!

  • Visited January 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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68 reviews 68 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Great unassuming authentic italin in...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2010

Great unassuming authentic italin in Southie. Considering Southie restaurant scene is lacking this place shines. Specials are always good and pizza is also great. Give it a try as it'll save u hassle of gettin in and out of north end!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2009

This place is very underrated. It has a cozy atmosphere with great food, reasonably priced. I don't know what they do to their pizza but it uniquely different and delicious!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“A small place but great...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2008

A small place but great food!

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“Awesome Italian food and...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2008

Awesome Italian food and great pizza.

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